An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx. The prince promises him a vast fortune if the dervish will only give him the ... See full summary »
A traveler is shown to a room in an inn. After a brief dispute with the hostess and a porter, he is left to himself. But strange things begin to happen in his room, and before long he has ... See full summary »
Deep into a vast cavern of the pitch-black inferno, a couple of professional dancers demonstrate the cakewalk that is currently so much in vogue, and now, everyone in the once-gloomy underworld is doing the crazy dance. Who is the best?
This trick film by the french filmmaker Georges Méliès doesn't really feel like anything new, considering the filmmaker made many of these films, but it's pleasant enough while it lasts. The four-minute piece is about a prince who wants a beautiful girl to wed, so he seeks the aid of an wizard, (Alcofribas, played by Méliès himself no doubt) who conjures up several women but makes them all disappear--all to the befuddlement of the prince. The tricks are nothing new except one sequence when they superimposed a closeup of a woman's head onto the screen, which is both rare in the director's career somewhat and looked pretty good. The rest of the superimposing is rather sloppily done, but the sets are quite good, and there's more of a plot then usual. It's doesn't really stand out considering he made many similar shorts at the time, but is nevertheless very nice to watch.
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